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beFREE! Concert Draws 300 Teens to YMCA

Jack Walters, Max Joyce, Sasha Yatchenko and Patrick Dumas performed the final act of the Fall Jam.

The drummer, Collin Wiedersheim, is hidden from view.


On Saturday, October 2, 2010 the beFREE! Project, a program of the Hopkinton Youth Commission, held a Fall Jam at the YMCA in Hopkinton. The youth members, led by HHS senior Mary Kate Shanahan, organized this supervised outdoor concert for their peers. There were about 300 high school students in attendance who enjoyed the musical performances from 25 of their classmates. In addition to the music, there was a bonfire to keep warm and to toast marshmallows. This is one of a series of events sponsored by the beFREE! Project to provide substance-free weekend social activities for the youth of Hopkinton.

These events are possible because of all the community support received. The beFREE! Project wants to thank the following people for their role in making this event a success:

  • John Barclay and the YMCA for co-sponsoring this event and hosting it at their facility

  • Robb Millett, guitar teacher at the CAA, for lending his sound equipment and expertise for the night

  • Officer Phil Powers for volunteering his time to provide police presence

  • Dozens of parents who chaperoned and donated refreshments and other supplies

  • All the beFREE! Project student members who spent countless hours planning, organizing and managing this event

The beFREE project is a drug and alcohol prevention initiative that provides alternative social activities for teens. We also sponsor parent coffees that provide information and strategies for preventing youth substance abuse.

If you would like to become involved in the coalition or host or attend a parent coffee, contact Jane Roche or Sue Hadley at ~Contributed content


Every October we hold a special road race in Hopkinton. People gather together to run, walk, or wheel three miles (5k) through

the beauty of a fall New England day. This day is in the memory of Michael Lisnow, for whom the Respite Center is named. Awards are given out for the top three males and top three females in these categories: 6 and under, 7-13, 14-19, 20-30, 21-40, 41-50, 51-60, and 60+. HopNews file photo.


This year will be our 13th Michael’s Run, and it will be held on October 16th, 2010. Registration starts at 10:00 AM, and the race starts at 12:00 noon. You can pre-register by filling out this form and dropping it off at the center.


Everyone who has participated in this run before understands that it is not your average road race. As Michael taught us, winning is not the goal, finishing to the best of your ability is. This is truly a family event, and there will be a BBQ for all participants afterwards. Please consider joining us on this memorable fall day.


What makes this year so special is that there is no reason to worry about paying the bottom line expenses, because family members of Michael Lisnow have decided to fund the run forever with a $40,000 donation from a fund set up for the memory of his aunt, Linda Cote, Sharon Lisnow's little sister, who died about 18 months ago.

Why: Michael Lisnow was born 16 weeks premature, weighing just over a pound.  As a result of his premature birth, Michael had cerebral palsy and was blind.  He touched the lives of countless people with his smile and laugh.  Through this run the Spirit of Michael lives on and we celebrate the time he was able to spend with all of us.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Michael Lisnow Respite Center of Hopkinton.  Make checks payable to The Respite Center, 112 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

$20 per person pre-registered barbeque and awards following the race
$5 per person for the barbeque only
$25 per person day of race

Awards:  Top 3 males and top 3 females in the following categories will receive an award:

6 and under, 7-13, 14-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-59, 60+

In consideration of this entry being accepted, I do hereby forever waive and release the Sponsoring organization, companies, agents, representatives, assigns and successors from all claims of action, which I at any time acquire as a result of participation in the event for which this entry relates.

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 From the beFREE Project:

Middle School Early Release Program EMC Park

October 20, 2010 - 11:30 - 2:30 PM

  Pick up by parents at EMC at 2:30 PM

                7th & 8th Graders Only 

       6th Graders will be at Nature's Classroom

       Cost is only $5 and includes pizza, drinks & ice cream


 REGISTER AT Hopkinton Parks and Recreation website


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Friends of the Library Book Sale

 Saturday November 20, 10-4 • Special preview for members from 9-10

 Sunday November 21, 11-3 • Fill a bag for $5.00 (bags provided)

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Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled  for by Robert Falcione © 2010 All Rights Reserved

New Transactions from September 27, 2010 - October 5, 2010



Price Date Seller
36 Nazneen Circle Hesham M A Hammouda, Noha M K Hassanien-Elkhzek Noha M $588,000 Oct 5, 2010

Ahmed Mirajuddin TR,

Peppercorn Village Realty Trust,

104 Hayward Street Molly Steen, Joshua Steen $435,000 Oct 1, 2010

Deborah B Field Trust.

Deborah B Field Living Trust

9 Baker Lane Barbara Pini, John Pini $525,000 Oct 1, 2010 Albert Schmidt, Marsha H Schmidt
71 Front Street Parker RJL, LLC $215,000 Oct 1, 2010 Braim Farm LLC
5 Sanctuary Lane Bonnie W Li $156,500 Sept 30, 2010 Weston Development Group
213 Hayden Rowe Street Amanda Deroches $251,500 Sept 30, 2010 Linda Lane, Linda Thacker
16 Trevor Lane Ganfeng Wu, Rui Kang $447,500 Sept 29, 2010 Maillet & Son
Last Week        
201 Hayden Rowe Street William Perkins $169,000 Sept 27, 2010 Linda Thacker
15 Sanctuary Lane # 15 Jonathan I Stone, Beverly A Stone $409,300 Sept 24, 2010 Weston Development Group
32 Trevor Lane #18 Joyce M Fitzgerald $455,000 Sept 21, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
22 South Mill Street Paul Hoagland, Bonnie Hoagland 889,700.00 Sept 20, 2010

Summit Realty Trust, Brian K Gassett

 Trust, Brian W Cheever Trust

34 Trevor Lane #19 Bldg 4 John J Sullivan, Helen M Sullivan 475,000.00 Sept 20, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
36 Trevor Lane #20 Bldg 4 Pamela Campagna $471,-000 Sept 20, 2010 Maillet & Son LLC
Previous Week        
29 Connolly Hill Road Augustine Amgadzia, Adrianna C Amegadzia $1,200,000 Sept 17, 2010 Connelly LLC
7 Wedgewood Drive Xie Huijun, Wei Xiaoyan $790,000 Sept 17, 2010 John T Anderson, Laura P Anderson
16 Tammer Lane Anthony M Sci, Sarah R Sci $680,000 Sept 16, 2010 John R Letcher, Michele T Letcher
203 West Main Street Andrew R Davis 255,000 Sept 16, 2010  Maxine E Adams, Gladys S Wright Est.



A Brief History of Hopkinton

by Mrs. Frances A. Safford

October 5, 2010 — Hopkinton Historical Society President, Bill Shaw, has made available, just in time for Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary preparations, A Brief History of Hopkinton, a souvenir book previously published to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the incorporation of Hopkinton in 1715. It can be read or downloaded here.

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Attorney General Calls for a Halt to Foreclosures


            BOSTON - October 5, 2010 – Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent letters to four of the nation’s largest lenders GMAC/Ally, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America calling on them to suspend foreclosures, foreclosure evictions and sales of foreclosed properties following revelations last week that major lenders were failing to properly review foreclosure documentation.  The Attorney General’s Office contacted those major lenders because information became public showing that they routinely submitted affidavits related to the foreclosure process containing information that was not verified or known by the lender’s agent that signed the affidavit.

                “We are concerned that major lenders gave scant attention to compliance with state law governing foreclosures, as shown by their cavalier attitude concerning affidavits filed with courts around the country,” said Attorney General Coakley.  “We are determined to find out whether and how that lack of care and lack of compliance has impacted foreclosures in Massachusetts where, even though a judge does not review foreclosures, creditors are obligated to show compliance with our state law, including provision of a detailed notice to the borrower.” 

                 In the letters, the Attorney General calls on the creditors to immediately cease foreclosing on homeowners in Massachusetts until they can demonstrate to her office that foreclosure affidavits used since May 2008 were accurate and complete and provided borrowers the protections they are entitled to under the law.  AG Coakley’s letter also calls for the companies to identify how they will rectify those instances where borrowers were improperly foreclosed out of their homes and to produce documents showing their affidavit processes. AG Coakley has asked for this information by no later than October 15, 2010.

              Over the weekend, AG Coakley called on Bank of America to immediately halt foreclosures in light of revelations that Bank of America agents signed affidavits without verifying information and after Bank of America halted foreclosures in judicial foreclosure states. Though Massachusetts is not a judicial foreclosure state, homeowners still have protections under the 90-day right to cure law, enacted by the Legislature and announced by both Governor Patrick and Attorney General Coakley in May 2008.  Among the law’s requirements was that creditors must file a signed affidavit with the Division of Banks 90-days before proceeding with a foreclosure in order to give a borrower a “cooling off” period in order to explore a workout with the lender. ~ File photo.

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Comedy Show Benefit for Youth Hockey


Demons Youth Hockey will hold a Comedy Night benefit on Saturday, October 23rd at Ashland American Legion from 7 to 11 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance/$35 at the door.  The evening includes dinner buffet, 90-minute comedy show, raffle prizes and silent auction.  For tickets and information contact Debbie Amorelli at . Demons Youth Hockey is a non-profit organization that offers ice skating lessons and hockey programs for children in Hopkinton and surrounding towns. Their website is  .




The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Department and Hopkinton Youth Soccer would like you to know that they will be holding an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, October 11th, 2010 at the new Fruit Steer Athletic Fields. The event’s location is 66 Fruit Street, Hopkinton, MA. The Open House runs from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be at 12 Noon. There will be refreshments along with a 3 on 3 soccer tournament starting at 1:00. File photo.

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Second Run Around Hopkinton

On October 3, the 2nd Run Around Hopkinton Relay welcomed over 200 runners.  This was a competitive and recreational relay race where teams of 2 to 6 runners covered 26.2  miles of country roads and trails all within Hopkinton.  This year’s race was in memory of Tyler Jay Lary, a Hopkinton youth who tragically took his own life in 2006 and was dedicated to promoting the critical role fitness plays in  overall physical and mental well-being.  All net proceeds were donated to the Tyler Jay Lary Memorial Fund to support youth fitness initiatives including the MetroWest YMCA scholarship fund, the Hopkinton Youth Commission, and the PowerUp Foundation.  Sponsors included the Hopkinton Running Club, Main Street Pediatrics, Phipps Insurance, Max Performance, and Colella’s.


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Firefighter Promotion

October 5, 2010 — The Fire Department held an open house on Sunday, complete with demonstration of equipment, as well as some promotions to "Junior Firefighter" for many youngsters.

Hopkinton Youth Walk for a Cure

These Hopkinton High School students participated on Saturday, October 2, 2010 in the JDRF Boston Walk to Cure Diabetes. This is the 8th year that many of these students have joined forces to support their friend Nicole Willett and together they have raised over $15,000 for diabetes research.




The Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee will hold a public hearing under the requirements of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 44B to consider funding proposals in order to make recommendations to the legislative body for 1) the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; 2) the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources; 3) the acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use; 4) the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing; and 5) the rehabilitation or restoration of open space, land for recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created as provided in


The public hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 7:45 P.M., in Room 211 at the Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA.


The deadline for submission of funding proposals is October 13, 2010. Application forms may be obtained at the Department of Land Use, Planning & Permitting at Town Hall, by calling 508-497-9755 or by email at Please call the Department of Land Use, Planning & Permitting if you have any questions. The Town Hall is handicap accessible.


Hopkinton Community Preservation Committee, John Coolidge, Chairman

 Positively Hopkinton

Fourteen HHS Students Earn Commendations


Hopkinton High School is proud to announce that 14 students have been named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.  They are Ryan Ashley, Peter Bransfield, Katherine Covino, Christopher Fowler, Joseph Fujiyoshi, Kelsey Jones, Christopher McCain, Kenneth Payson, Catherine Phelan, Christopher Rogers, Justin Roshak, Kelly Ryan, Allison Toth, and Brienna Vos.


Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


Police News UP-TO-DATE

October 4, 2010

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1:17 am A 911 caller reported a loud party on Ash Street. Officer Linda Higgins found a group of 12 year old boys having a birthday party...


1:56 pm Officer Patrick O’Brien asked people holding political signs on East Main Street to move for their safety...


8:26 am Officer Stephen Buckley spoke with a man who had spent the night on the ground on South Street...


7:32 am An Auciello Drive 911 caller reported that her 21-month-old son had wandered away...


3:10 pm A caller reported a man urinating in plain view on South Street...


Hillers Cleaners Pitches Purchase of Hitchings Hardware

Golden Pond Expansion Passes with Conditions


by Muriel Kramer

October 5, 2010 — Hillers Cleaners hopes to purchase the site next to Colella's Supermarket being vacated by the decades-old Hitchings Hardware, and on Monday evening, Hiller’s owner George Vrahliotis met with the Planning Board to discuss preliminary plans. There are two options, both include tearing down the current building that houses Hitchings; one option would set the new building back from the road and include parking in the front, an option that would necessitate relief from the Board of Appeals, and the other is to have the new building more towards the street with most of the parking in the rear. There are two studio apartments planned for the second floor of the new building in either option.

     Most Planning Board members as well as Vrahliotis favored having the building closer to the street with the bulk of the parking to the rear. The current plan seeks to keep at least two parking spaces in front of the new building parallel to the street rather than the perpendicular spots now in place. Planning Board members asked about options for shared parking with Colella's, but Attorney Doug Resnick suggested that Colella's had no interest in making additional changes to their site plan particularly so soon after their recent improvements.

     Planning Board member Claire Wright agreed that the 19th century building was in very rough shape. “If it has to come down, we would like to keep a similar visual.”

     Speaking for the applicant, builder Dick Pockwinse agreed, “We intend to keep to the colonial style and maintain the streetscape ambiance.”

      Mr. Vrahliotis' purchase agreement is conditional on getting all permits necessary.



     Discussion on the Golden Pond Expansion site plan predictably centered almost entirely on the issue of the sidewalk extension off site. All members agreed early on that that the dedicated turning lane was a necessary condition as well as sidewalks along the site frontage. The disagreement came when discussing sidewalks off site to connect to existing sidewalks near Lumber Street extension.

     Planning Board Member Carol DeVeuve, argued convincingly that it would be a huge mistake as well as a nasty precedent to preface Planning Board decisions on what the members thought the Board of Appeals would uphold, an idea suggested by Planning Board member Ken Weismantel. DeVeuve argued, “We need a sidewalk, and it is our responsibility to put it into the decision. The situation is unsafe as it currently exists, and they [the Applicant] are introducing new uses that are available to additional residents. This site is open to the community at large; we need to provide for safe access. They need to provide sidewalks to connect to existing sidewalks.”

     For his part, Board Vice Chairman Mark Abate, also took issue with Weismantel's position. “I don’t understand you. You convinced me. You were a bulldog, and you have totally reversed your position. I don’t get it.”

     Claire Wright agreed insisting, “We have a responsibility to do our job and do right by the residents.

     Planning Board Chairman Joe Markey similarly agreed. “We need to provide a defensible decision. The question will be, 'Did we provide for pedestrian safety?'”

     John Coutinho argued for compromise rather than “digging our heels in.”

     Town Counsel Ray Miyares supported the position that sidewalks could be included as a condition. “The work will be in the [Town’s] right of way and the DPW will ensure the work is undertaken in a safe way. The sidewalks will be designed not to impinge on private property.”

     Reminding members that site plan review criterion that “The convenience and safety of vehicular and pedestrian movement within the site and in relation to adjacent areas and public ways is ensured…not advanced or suggested or encouraged but ensured,” Wright argued for sidewalks on site and connecting to existing sidewalks off site.

      Markey appeared to agree asserting, “We need to be thinking about protecting the Town.” And later he stated “I think we have a clear majority that like the sidewalk and think it would be safer to have the sidewalk.”

      However, Markey later made the deciding vote to avoid requiring the sidewalk to extend offsite preferring instead to simply include a requirement for the Applicant to provide a design only for that portion of the sidewalk extending off site.

      The vote was 5-3 to approve the expansion site plan requiring among other things a dedicated turning lane on West Main Street, sidewalks along the entire frontage of the site and a plan only for sidewalks extending west along West Main Street to Lumber Street Extension.

       Both the proponents and the opponents could appeal the decision.

Colella's Grand Re-Opening, The Movie, Part I


October 3, 2010 — Please enjoy Part One of Colella's Grand Re-Opening celebration, and get a look at the owners and the inside of the store with all of the new and expanded departments. Hear owner Dale Danahy talk about the history of the store and enjoy some old photos of Hopkinton.

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Norton 8, Hopkinton 6

October 2, 2010 — Ryan Bohlin heads for the goal line with the approval of the fans and cheerleaders for the only six points for the Hillers during the rescheduled matchup with Norton. Below, Hiller cheerleaders, inspired by the touchdown, do pushups in unison.

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On the Stump

October 2, 2010 — Republican candidate for representative for the Third Congressional District, Marty Lamb, caught some visibility at Cookie's Corner near the Boston Marathon Start line on Saturday while the Hopkinton Common was filled with families enjoying the carnival. Above, third from left, Mr. Lamb holds court with supporters. Mr. Lamb's supporters had a pickup truck parked near the Start Line with a blue pig looking out over the side of the bed sporting a circular white sign with the word "McGovern" hanging around its neck with a red symbol for "no" overlaying it.

Carnival a Hit

October 2, 2010 — Two members of the singing group, Girls Night Out, were among several members performing at Hopkinton Common during the well attended HPTA Carnival on Saturday.

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Missing Person Found

Stephanie McBride, whose two-week disappearance was made public by the Hopkinton Police yesterday, has been found. The department, in an email to the press, especially thanked Milford Police officer, Craig Stanley, who, according to police, located the subject's vehicle in a parking lot in Milford. They said she is well.

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Announcing the 2010 Fall Jam
— an outdoor concert and bonfire for HHS students


Saturday, October 2nd

 7:00 - 10:00 PM

 at the YMCA, 45 East Street, Hopkinton
$3 Admission

The beFREE! Project and the YMCA are co-sponsoring an alternative social event for High School Students featuring musical performances by HHS Students, a bonfire and refreshments. All HHS students are welcome to attend!

The beFREE! Project is a drug and alcohol prevention coalition that provides alternative social activities for teens.  We also sponsor parent coffees that provide information and strategies for preventing youth substance abuse. If you would like to become involved in the coalition or host or attend a parent coffee, contact Jane Roche or Sue Hadley at

Paul Loscocco Quits Independent Governor's Race With Tim Cahill

Former state representative, Hopkinton favorite, who was running for Lt Governor with Tim Cahill for Governor, throws support to Charlie baker

Video press conference below



Friends of the Library Meeting

Thursday, October 7, at 7 PM

BigBelly for Hopkinton

The Town of Hopkinton is pleased to announce the installation of three BigBelly Solar powered Compactors that will be used to collect trash and recyclables. These units are located at the following areas:

  1. The High School Playing Fields,

  2. The Fruit Street Playing Fields, and

  3. EMC Park

These units will allow the Town to more efficiently process refuse and recyclable material and keep these areas clean. “The Big Belly Solar Compactor with bottle/can recycling unit will hold almost 5 times what a normal 25 gallon can hold. Hopefully, folks will see the benefits of these compactors and carry the message to family, friends and coworkers on how to live in a more energy efficient and sustainable way”, said Nancy Dourney, Chairperson of the Sustainable Green Committee. This project has been funded in full by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division. People with questions on this project are encouraged to contact the Hopkinton DPW at (508) 497-9740.

Norman Khumalo

Town Manager

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Hopkinton High School Football Game Rescheduled

Booster store also open, Sat 10 am - 3 pm

Dear Parents,

          Due to inclement weather, the Hopkinton High School varsity football game against Norton High School originally scheduled for Friday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 p.m.  The junior varsity football game originally scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd has been moved to Monday, October 4th at 3:30 p.m.

          Please contact the Hopkinton athletic office if you have questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, Alyson Geary, Principal, Hopkinton High School

Colella's Celebrates 65 Years

Above, Colella's owners, children of Charlotte and Daniel Colella; from left, Dale Danahy, Sandra Varnum and Diane McGrath.


October 1, 2010 — Colella's Supermarket celebrated 65 years in business this morning in the midst of a deluge that State Senator Karen Spilka declared as a sign of good luck in most religions.

       The celebration this morning was attended by town and state dignitaries as well as family, friends, employees and well-wishers who crowded under a tent in the front of the store.

      Following a welcoming speech by Dale Danahy, presentations by Hopkinton Board of Selectmen Todd Cestari, Congressman Jim McGovern, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Carolyn Dykema, and a special cake presented on behalf of the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce by Denise Griben, attendees were treated to complimentary coffee, sandwiches and food from the hot food pavilions.

      The store has expanded frozen foods, grocery, deli, and produce, and has added the Red Barn Cafe in an expansion that took place while the store remained open for business over several months.

      At one point, Mrs. Danahy introduced herself and two sisters, above, and declared, "We are the owners."

     Colella's also has a newly designed website, which details much of the expansion. Today's special events and giveaways are listed there.  Please choose the icon to see the website.

THE FEAST is today and tonight at the Golden Spoon, where everybody knows your name.

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Pancakes Lead to White Water


On Friday, September 3rd, 19 scouts and adult leaders climbed Mt. Katahdin. The journey began right after school on Thursday with over a 6 hour drive to Northern Maine in Baxter State Park. Over forty scouts and adults stayed at the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket Maine. After setting up camp late at night the boys were off to sleep around midnight and up again at 5 am to get ready to climb. They began their climb around 7 am with the assent up Roaring Brook Trail to Chimney Pond. From Chimney Pond the team of 19 climbed up the Dudley trail to summit at Pamola Peak. They stopped for lunch at 1 pm. From Pamola Peak the climb team tackled the thrill of The Knife Edge, which is extremely challenging with minimal space to stand as you balance yourself on sharp and jagged rocks. One wrong step could have a hiker descending really fast down a 700 foot rock face on either side. From The Knife Edge the team reached the summit at Baxter Peak before beginning their decent off Mt. Katahdin. They climbed down the Saddle Trail, which reconnected them with Roaring Brook Trail leading off the mountain. After 12 hours of climbing and with the sun setting, the climb team finished thirsty and exhausted, but with huge smiles and stories to tell for the rest of their lives of their challenges and their accomplishments.


The weekend also included hours of white water rafting on the Penobscot River for forty people over two days with challenging class IV and class V rapids in the rain remnants from hurricane Earl. The boys had a large bon fire on Saturday night with popcorn, entertainment, and skits. They finished the trip on Sunday morning with a Moose Sighting adventure. The boys were traveling on a pontoon boat and were able to see a mother moose with her baby calf eating roots of lily pads along a riverbed.


We are proud to say everyone had a great time. We are thankful to the community of Hopkinton who helped make this trip possible with support through our pancake breakfast held each Spring. Earlier this year Troop 4 served over 400 people at our pancake breakfast on the weekend leading up to the Boston Marathon. The proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast went directly into making this Maine High Adventure trip a reality for the boys of Troop 4. It is programs like our Maine High Adventure Trip that help grow boys into confident young men and strong leaders in our community.

~ Tom Dawson

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Framingham Police Detective Charged With Threats, Brandishing Firearm


FRAMINGHAM- A Framingham Police Department Detective has been indicted on charges that he threatened a citizen and brandished a firearm, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

             Scott Brown, 38, of Mendon, was indicted today by a Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and making threats.

            An arraignment date has not yet been set. 

            According to authorities, on April 29, 2010, the defendant, who was working but not in uniform and was driving an unmarked vehicle, was allegedly urinating on private property when the victim’s wife saw the unknown vehicle parked on the property from her window and went outside to investigate. 

 When the victim’s wife went outside, she observed the defendant urinating and demanded to know what the defendant and his partner were doing on private property.  The defendant is alleged to have told her to “stop looking.”  The defendant and his partner are then alleged to have returned to their vehicle and began to drive away.  Meanwhile, upon hearing the commotion, the victim used his golf cart to drive down to where the confrontation was occurring, stopping next to the defendant’s unmarked vehicle as it was pulling away.

 The victim asked the defendant what was “going on” and the defendant is alleged to have exchanged words with the victim before opening the car door and exiting the vehicle.  It is alleged that the defendant then drew his firearm and pointed it at the victim, saying “move it or get shot.”

 The victim’s wife called the police immediately and an officer was dispatched.  It was determined that there was video surveillance of the incident.

             The investigation was conducted by Framingham Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit in conjunction with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office 

 These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

            The Assistant District Attorney who is assigned to the case is Beth Dunigan.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Dora Quiroz.

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Hopkinton Historical Society

Tour Historic Hopkinton Springs & Hotel on Sunday October 17

Join us for a field trip to the site of Hopkinton's historic Mineral Springs Hotel, once a nationally renowned attraction that operated between 1820-1859. Peter Regan's son James Regan recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout be creating and mounting three plaques that explain the history of this site. Peter will explain the plaques and talk about the history of the location. A walking tour of the sites will be offered. Meet in front of Town Hall (18 Main Street) by 2pm on Sunday October 17 (rain or shine). We will then travel to the site near Lyford Street, off Spring Street in Woodville where abundant parking exists. We will walk about two blocks through the woods on a rough trail. The trail is not handicap accessible. For additional information call 508-435-9865.

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HAVERHILL – September 30, 2010 - The former general manager of the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) has been indicted in connection with allegedly stealing large amounts of money collected in bus fares from the agency’s money room, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

 John Whittaker, age 47, of Methuen was indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on the charge of Larceny over $250 (2 counts).   

“We allege that Mr. Whittaker took advantage of his position of authority to steal money from the MVRTA over a period of several years,” said AG Coakley. “This is a challenging economic climate and many public institutions are struggling to stay afloat. Our office will continue to investigate and aggressively prosecute these crimes to ensure that public funds are protected.”

 Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation of Whittaker’s alleged activities after learning that a significant amount of money from bus fares the agency had collected was missing from weekly deposits over a period of several years.  Whitaker was hired by the MVRTA in February 2007 as the general manager for their Haverhill location.  The MVRTA operates several bus lines out of their headquarters in Haverhill.  Bus operators collect fares using on-board collection systems that are emptied at the MVRTA offices at the end of each day into a vault in the money room.  The bus fare is then counted and compared to the on-board collection system readouts and subsequently deposited.  Authorities conducted video surveillance of the area and allege that during the time period in question Whittaker stole a significant amount of money from the vault in the agency’s money room and used it for his own personal use.

 An Essex County Grand Jury returned indictments against Whittaker late yesterday.  He is scheduled to be arraigned in Essex Superior Court on October 13, 2010.   

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Christopher Kelly and Marina Moriarty, both of Attorney General Coakley’s Corruption and Fraud Division, and was investigated by financial investigator Marc Pulli and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office. 


 Avoiding Peer Pressure and Risky Behavior

Cara Filler to speak to students at HHS, and then parents


On Tuesday, October 5th one of America’s leading female speakers on peer pressure and traffic safety, Cara Filler, will be speaking to the student body at Hopkinton High School.  Drawing from an immense personal tragedy in her own life, the loss of her identical twin sister in a motor vehicle collision the day after their 18th birthday, Cara’s inspiring presentation focuses on dealing with peer-pressure, avoiding negative risks such as drugs and alcohol, and safe driving. 


Cara will be giving a similar presentation to interested parents on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the high school auditorium.  Hopkinton High School would like to invite all interested parents to hear her message, which will provide strategies for helping students deal with peer pressure and avoid risky behaviors. 


This presentation is funded by the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association.  You can find more information about Cara Filler at

Boston Man Arrested On Murder Charges In Connection To Regis College Homicide


WESTON – September 30, 2010 - A Boston man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Elhadji Ndiaye, 18, of Waltham, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, Weston Police Chief Steven Shaw, and Regis College Police Chief Sean Maher informed the public today.

 Robenson Daniel, 20, of Boston, was arrested this morning and charged with murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with the intent to murder.
            He will be arraigned in Waltham District Court later this morning.

            “This is another tragic example of the deadly consequences that too oftentimes occur when young people resort to weapons as a way to settle disputes,” District Attorney Leone said. “Because of the alleged violent actions of this defendant, a young life was lost and his family’s lives altered forever.  We continue to expand our efforts in schools to include colleges and universities in Middlesex County, as the issues such as these that we see in high school do not disappear when students go off to college.  In fact, the freedom that college provides often exacerbates such issues.”  

  According to authorities, on September 24, at approximately 3:50 am, Weston Police Department and Weston Fire Department responded to the campus of Regis College for reports of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim lying on the ground in a campus parking lot evidencing an obvious stab wound. The victim was pronounced dead on scene. A second victim, a 22-year-old male from Waltham, was also found evidencing several obvious stab wounds and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital.  He was treated and later released.

 Massachusetts State police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Weston Police Department, and Regis College Police immediately conducted an investigation into the stabbings.

 Upon investigation, it is alleged that the defendant and victims had both been on campus with friends visiting students at Regis College.  According to witnesses, an initial exchange of words took place between the two groups of friends inside a dormitory.  The two groups then left the building and the verbal argument continued in the parking lot, where a fight between the two groups broke out.

It is alleged that the defendant and the surviving victim engaged in a physical altercation where the defendant allegedly stabbed the victim several times before a witness was able to separate the two. At that time, it is alleged that the defendant then stabbed Ndiaye as he was standing near by.

             Daniel was arrested this morning by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Weston Police Department, and Boston Police Department.   

            The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled that the cause of death was a single stab wound to the chest. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.

 These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Melinda Thompson. The victim witness advocate is Danielle DeMeo.



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State Police Chase, Apprehend Drug Suspect in Seekonk


September 29, 2010 — At approximately 1:05 p.m. a trooper stopped a 2003 Volvo sedan on Route 195 eastbound in Seekonk for a motor vehicle infraction. The trooper was backed up by a second trooper assigned to the K9 section. As the trooper was approaching the vehicle, the driver fled, speeding away for a distance of approximately 500 yards before crashing through a narrow wooded strip at the side of the highway and into a fence bordering a commercial parking lot. The vehicle did not break through the fence, but instead was pushed backward a short distance. As the two troopers and the MSP dog closed in on him, the driver exited the vehicle, grabbed a bag from the car’s trunk, and attempted to run away. The troopers and the dog caught up to him. The suspect resisted arrest, but after a brief struggle, was subdued and taken into custody. A white substance believed to be powder cocaine spilled from the bag before and during the struggle.


The suspect is identified as HETHAN PIMENTAL, 32, of Fall River. He faces motor vehicle, narcotics and resisting arrest charges, as well as possible additional charges. The investigation by Troop D and the K9 Section of the Massachusetts State Police is ongoing. PIMENTAL claimed to have suffered minor injuries in the struggle and was transported by State Police to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

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ESL’s Open Mic to Feature Lucky 13 on Oct. 2

HOPKINTON, MA (September 29, 2010) – Lucky 13, which combines the talents of Cathy Kreger & Marci Geller to create a smooth blend of harmonies flowing over acoustic rhythms, will be the featured artist at ESL’s Open Mic Night on Saturday, October 2 with host Barbara Kessler. Lucky 13’s credits include performing on WFUV, Fox Morning Show, and WOR, and they were also the subject of a recent New York Times feature article.

ESL’s Open Mic will again be held at its new venue, Ciao Time Restaurant, 28 Main Street in Hopkinton, which will offer appetizers and drinks. Singers and musicians can register to perform at 7:00 p.m., and the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person to listen or perform.


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